Syllabus for Current Trends in Linguistics

Aktuella forskningsområden inom lingvistik

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5LN142
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: General Linguistics G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2011-09-23
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Revised: 2015-12-02
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 49, 2015
  • Entry requirements: 30 credits in a language subject.
  • Responsible department: Department of Linguistics and Philology

Decisions and guidelines

The course is given as optional module within Linguistics C but may also be taken independently.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, to earn the grade Pass the student should at least be able to:

  • explain the basic principles of the scientific work and the research methodology with reference to modern linguistics (general linguistics),
  • present and analyse relevant scientific articles within the field linguistics (general linguistics), and
  • work with a certain level of independence, clearly formulate and critically discuss theoretical and methodological assumptions and present the results orally and in writing.


The course is given with different theme from current trends in linguistics. Possible themes are, e.g.:

  • The Geometry of Meaning, based on Gärdenfors' book by the same name.
  • The Phylogenetic Analysis of Language
  • Grammaticalisation
  • Colour semantics


The students show the results of their learning through a combination of different forms of assessment,

which can be either oral or written.

They can take place at a scheduled time and location (e.g. within the framework of regular teaching), or be such that the student carries them out on their own.

Information regarding assessment will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Other directives

The course may be taken even if the student has already taken the course Current Trends in Linguistics (5LN141).

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 29, 2018

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Johansson, Sverker Origins of language: constraints on hypotheses

    Amsterdam ; Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Pub., 2005

    Find in the library

  • Johansson, Sverker Language Abilities in Neanderthals

    Part of:

    Annual Review of Linguistics

    Annual Reviews,

    vol. 1(2) (2015) s. 1-22

    Find in the library

  • Galantucci, Bruno An Experimental Study of the Emergence of Human Communication Systems

    Part of:

    Cognitive science : a multidisciplinary journal of artificial intelligence, psychology, and language : [official journal of the Cognitive Science Society]

    Norwood, N.J.: Ablex publ. corp., [20--?]-

    vol. 29 (2005) s. 737-767

    Find in the library

  • Hammarström, Harald Linguistic Diversity and Language Evolution

    Part of:

    Journal of Language Evolution

    vol. 1(1) (2016) s. 19-29

    Find in the library

  • Zuberbühler, KLaus Linguistic Prerequisites in the Primate Lineage

    Part of:

    Tallerman, Maggie Language origins : perspectives on evolution

    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005

    (2005) s. 262-282

    Find in the library

  • Pagel, Mark Q&A: What is human language, when did it evolve and why should we care?

    Part of:

    BMC biology.

    [London]: BioMed Central, c2003-

    vol. 15(64) (2017) s. 1-6

    Find in the library

  • Call, Josep Tomasello, Michael Does the chimpanzee have a theory of mind? 30 years later

    Part of:

    Trends in cognitive sciences.

    Cambridge: Elsevier, 1997-

    vol. 12(5) (2008) s. 187-192

    Find in the library

  • Zuidema, Willem Compositional Semantics

    ., 2005